Royal fans should start planning a trip to New York now as a musical based on the life of the late and beloved Princess Diana is heading to Broadway in March.

Diana, Princess of Wales and Prince Charles ride in a carriage after their wedding at St. Paul's Cathedral
A musical based on the life of the late and beloved Princess Diana is coming to Broadway this spring Anwar Hussein/WireImage/Getty Images

Diana, the musical about the late Princess of Wales, will debut at Broadway's Longacre Theatre in March, following a successful run in California's La Jolla Playhouse last year. Opening with the royal wedding in 1981, the musical focuses on Diana's relationship with Charles, his affair with Camilla Parker Bowles, and the constant media scrutiny surrounding the princess in the spotlight.

"Following her fairytale union, Princess Diana faces a distant husband, an unmovable monarchy and constant media scrutiny. But her unabashed honesty, modern perspective and gentle compassion galvanises a nation, even as it threatens the royal family's hold on England," says the synopsis.

 Prince Charles And Princess Diana on their last official trip together
The musical will focus on Diana's tumultuous relationship with Prince Charles Tim Graham Photo Library/Getty Images

Reprising their performances from the La Jolla run will be British actress Jeanna de Waal as Diana, Roe Hartrampf as Prince Charles, Erin Davie as Camilla and two-time Tony winner Judy Kaye as Queen Elizabeth II.

"To bring Diana to life onstage is obviously a huge privilege," de Waal told Marie Claire. "I feel very daunted by the prospect, but I hope people who didn’t know about her and weren’t aware of her journey leave the theatre with an idea of what she did for the world. She made everyone feel special, from the highest person to the lowest-ranking person, and I think we want to celebrate her."

Princess Diana with Harry and William
The musical

There's rarely a time when Diana isn't in the spotlight but now seems particularly timely the relentless press pursuit of Meghan Markle, and the news that Meghan and Harry are attempting to distance themselves from the monarchy.

Previews of Diana on Broadway begin on 2 March, and the official opening night is 31 March. The team includes writers Joe DiPietro and David Bryan, who were behind the Tony Award-winning show Memphis, and director Christopher Ashley, who won the Best Direction Tony for Come from Away.

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